Imagine becoming an artist where your inspiration comes from observing your everyday life. Would you believe you drawing nature for the absolute beginner pdf transform your colour-mixing in a weekend?
You would gain an eye-opening appreciation for the town or city you live in and places you visit. Bustling crowds, interesting architecture, and wonky lampposts would become your subjects and a fine-line pen your only drawing tool. You wouldn’t have to wait until you had the perfect view in the perfect place with perfect pencils and the perfect light. You could say that no artist is ever truly happy with their finished works but learning how to move away from overworked drawings can be a hard stage for many beginners. Learning to embrace the wobble, loosening your style yet still creating a drawing that looks realistic yet sketchy, is what I want to teach you on this course. You can learn to leave the eraser at home and develop a confidence with line. By setting up a simple framework of a scene and focusing on the key points in the gesture, your sketches of places and people can come to life.
I’ve developed a new course to show you exactly how I approach my sketches when drawing in the city, the materials I use and how you can do the same thing. This course will enable you to practice your drawing skills and create fast, bold urban sketches with pencils, pens, or watercolors—whatever tools you have on hand. I’ve included an introduction to the materials you’ll need and demonstrations on how to create frameworks for successful sketches using free-hand vertical lines, perspective, and tonal blocks. The lessons follow a logical progression, from sketching buildings and monuments to capturing the movement of individual figures and groups of people in cafes. What are the topics the Urban Sketching for Beginners course covers? The course is a mix of real on-location sketching with studio based lessons and concepts. So you can learn the steps in the studio and then see how they translate to the street.
The course is split into 6 downloadable video lessons, with each lesson made up of separate chapters that follow on sequentially. 2 hours of lessons this course gives you a fab foundation for you to build upon. An introduction to a range of multi-purpose sketching materials that fit easily into a pocket or satchel. How to open your eyes to the drawing opportunities that surround you every day, learning to capture a moment in time within a hectic environment.
Discovering the importance of verticals lines and free hand architectural structures that will form the framework to your sketches. How to match materials and marks to your subject, a more sensitive study. How to match materials and marks to your subject, a stark black and white scene. Cheating detail with colour using simple watercolour washes to create the illusion of a more complicated painting by blocking in simple flashes of colour. Introducing Cityscapes, Rooftops and Panoramas, sketching the cityscape in an early evening light. Silhouette Skyline’ incorporating watercolour washes. Observing the early morning light capturing the different shadow shapes on Italy’s intricate rooftops.
Tackling the tricky subject of perspective whilst out on location and how different viewpoints create different problems with perspective and scale. Quick tips and techniques when introducing figures into your drawings, giving a sense of movement and scale, efficiently and effectively. Capturing a busy crowded cafe scene with seated groups of people, using bold pen marks and watercolour marker washes. Sketching a monument with sepia pen and wash.
Observing nature, trees, bushes and water within the urban setting incorporating watercolour washes to add colour and life. Capturing a bike in strong light, observing dramatic shadow shapes with fine line pens and markers, looking at different thickness of pens. A busy street scene incorporating vertical architectural structures, street furniture, a wide tonal range, colour contrast and figures. Incorporating all the techniques from the course, looking at composition and tonal balance. Bringing in a watercolour wash to bring the sketch to life and the piece all together. I want this course to demystify the urban sketching process and slowly introduce new concepts, from tackling static buildings and perspective to adding movement of people and capturing crowds. I think I can do this’.